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    1. Larimer approves regional economic development agreement

      Larimer approves regional economic development agreement

      The Larimer County Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding meant to promote collaboration in economic development between Larimer and Weld counties, as well as the cities and unincorporated areas within the counties. Weld County commissioners have yet to approve the MOU but will consider it Wednesday.

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    2. Strong ties to CU a ‘win-win’ for school, startups

      Strong ties to CU a ‘win-win’ for school, startups

      Boulder’s startup community and the University of Colorado Boulder share a symbiotic relationship in which stronger ties between the two ecosystems are mutually beneficial. The equation is pretty simple: Startups need access to talent, and students need jobs. But despite that simplicity, the relationship between the school and startups is one that needs constant tending in order to thrive.

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    3. Amazon bringing 400 new jobs to Denver

      Amazon bringing 400 new jobs to Denver

      Amazon is planning to add 400 jobs to a new 98,000-square-foot office at 1515 Wynkoop St. in downtown Denver, according to a Denver Business Journal report. The new jobs, which will double Amazon’s tech workforce in the Denver area, will be in positions such as advertising, software and hardware engineering, and cloud computing, the report said. Amazon’s Denver expansion comes on the heels of the company opening offices in Boulder at 1900 15th St. last year.

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    4. IBM to partner with CU on quantum computing research

      IBM to partner with CU on quantum computing research

      IBM, through its Q Network program, is partnering with schools such as the University of Colorado on quantum computing research. CU will “seek collaborations with IBM Q scientists and engineers through its CUbit Quantum Initiative, where university, industry and government scientists conduct joint [research and development], train students to contribute to the expanding quantum workforce, and engage with a range of industry partners,” according to an IBM news release. The IBM Q Network provides its organizations with quantum expertise and resources, quantum software and developer tools, as well as cloud-based access to quantum software and developer ...

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    5. Opportunity knocks: Opportunity zones unlock capital gains while investing in distressed communities

      Opportunity knocks: Opportunity zones unlock capital gains while investing in distressed communities

      Imagine a concept supported by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Given the partisan rancor that defines so much of the dialogue in Washington, such a bill sounds like a pipedream. But what if it wasn’t?

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    6. Longmont’s NextLight wins broadband award

      Longmont’s NextLight wins broadband award

      Longmont’s community-owned NextLight internet service recently won the Cornerstone Award at the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas. The award recognizes “the most notable fiber-to-the-home deployments,” according to a NextLight news release. “From the beginning, NextLight has seen enthusiastic support from our residents and businesses,” Susan Wisecup, the acting general manager of Longmont Power & Communications, said in a prepared statement.

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    7. Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Governor signs employee ownership executive order

      Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the Commission on Employee Ownership. The order is meant to encourage employee ownership of businesses. “Increasing employee ownership will help support a strong economy and promote job security in communities across the state,” said Polis when he signed the order.

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    8. Longmont Economic Development Partnership to host entrepreneurship event

      Longmont Economic Development Partnership to host entrepreneurship event

      The Longmont Economic Development Partnership and the Longmont Community Foundation are hosting an event April 17 to provide the public with information on a new business accelerator program that will soon be offered in the city: Entrepreneurship for All. The event is free and will be held at the Xilinx Retreat Center, 3100 Logic Drive.

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    9. Tech-industry jobs grow 2.5% statewide in 2018

      Tech-industry jobs grow 2.5% statewide in 2018

      Colorado’s technology sector added 7,175 jobs last year, taking the industry to 292,902 workers, up 2.5 percent. That’s according to the Cyberstates 2019, CompTIA’s guide to national, state and metropolitan-area tech analytics. Colorado ranks 15th nationwide in terms of net tech employment as a percent of the total workforce, and 11th in terms of technology jobs added in the past year.

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    10. Szczurek brings entrepreneurship to state CIO role

      Szczurek brings entrepreneurship to state CIO role

      After a long career in technology innovation working for public and private companies, Theresa Szczurek of Boulder wanted to make the switch to public service. Szczurek, co-founder of Radish Systems Inc. in Boulder, heard a radio announcement that then Gov.-elect Jared Polis sought applicants for various positions, including chief information officer, and in her words, “opportunity knocked.” 

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    11. CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      CU tech transfer impacts U.S. economy by $1.9B

      The domestic economic impact of commercialization activities at the University of Colorado Boulder over the past five years amounted to $1.9 billion, with $1.2 billion of that in Colorado. The impact of the university’s technology transfer — the transfer of university research and inventions to the private sector — was recorded in a recently released report titled, Economic Impact of Tech Transfer on the State and National Economy.

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    12. Destination Startup links investors with startups spun off from colleges, research institutions

      Destination Startup links investors with startups spun off from colleges, research institutions

      It’s one thing to develop a functional piece of technology. It’s a different thing entirely to turn that technology into a successful business venture. Destination Startup, held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, brought together entrepreneurs, startup executives, research institutions and venture capitalists from across the Front Range to help startups make that leap.

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    13. Fort Collins cracks top 10 in Best-Performing Cities ranking

      Fort Collins cracks top 10 in Best-Performing Cities ranking

       Fort Collins was named the country’s ninth best-performing city in terms of economic expansion and job creation by the Milken Institute. The nonprofit think tank’s annual Best-Performing Cities report evaluates and ranks cities and metropolitan areas using metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technological developments. This is the second year in a row that Fort Collins was ranked in the top 10. The city was the fifth best-performing city in last year’s report.

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